Think Big & FTS Fiber Awarded Dark Fiber Broadband Network Contract

CHESTERTOWN — The county commissioners agreed to begin negotiating a contract for a dark fiber-optic network expected to bring broadband Internet to most Kent County residents at their Tuesday, Feb. 23 meeting.

FTS Fiber, a company based in West Ocean City, is proposing to build the network throughout the county. The commissioners previously heard from the Kent County Broadband Committee at a Feb. 16 meeting, and found out more information at a Thursday, Feb. 18 public workshop.

Speaking Feb. 16,  Kent County Director of Information Technology Scott Boone said FTS is offering to build the network from Rock Hall to Millington and out in all directions.

The rings will be connected to 54 anchor institutions, such as county offices, schools and library branches, with 18 strands going out into the county.

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